On Saturday 5 times Tour de France champion Bernard Hinault, the French Cycling Federation (FFC) and the French Haute-Savoie region submitted a bid to the Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI) to host the 2027 Mega World Cycling Championships, including the Gran Fondo World Championships.

“Haute-Savoie naturally stands out as a showcase for our beautiful country, homeland of cycling”, said Martial Saddier and Michel Callot, respectively presidents of the Haute-Savoie region and the FFC, “evoking the majestic Mont Blanc, roof of Europe, the mythical passes, places of historical exploits and exceptional training.”

Haute-Savoie, land of high mountains and legendary cycling battles, is located in the heart of the French Alps on the Swiss boarder, including Lake Geneva and Lake Annecy.  Not only is the region known for hosting hundreds of Tour de France stages over the years, it also hosted the 1964, 1972 and most recently, the 1980 Road World Cycling Championships which Bernard Hinault won.  The 2004 and 2022 Mountain Biking World Championships also took place in Haute-Savoie.

The region also plans to build a new state-of-the-art indoor velodrome for the track events, possibly at altitude to host world record attempts like the legendary “hour.”

The new combined “Mega” World Cycling Championship, modeled on the Olympics, will take place for the first time in 2023 in Glasgow, Scotland with over 200 world cycling champions being crowned in 11 days.  Events include Gran Fondo, road, cross-country, marathon, downhill, gravel, velodrome track, BMX, artistic/cycle-ball and Para-cycling events.

The UCI expects to announce the 2027 Mega World Cycling Championships location in September of this year. Besides Haute-Savoie, The Netherlands has said it too wants to host the events.

Confirmed future UCI Gran Fondo World Championship dates and locations are: 2022 Trento ITA, 2023 Glasgow GBR, 2024 Aalborg DEN, 2025 Melbourne AUS, 2026 Victoriaville CAN and 2028 Abu Dhabi UAE.

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